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Anderson Cooper’s Syndie Talk Show Sells in Four Top Markets, Zeros In on Soon-to-Be-Vacated ‘Oprah’ Turf

Nov 29, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The upcoming syndicated talk show from CNN’s Anderson Cooper is getting off to a fast start as it locks in markets for an apparent fall 2011 launch, B&C reports.

The one-hour show from the host of “Anderson Cooper 360” is now sold to Tribune’s WPIX-TV in New York along with three major Fox stations: KTTV in Los Angeles, WFLD-TV in Chicago and WFXT-TV in Boston.

With “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ending its syndicated run after this season, the people behind the upcoming “Anderson Cooper” see an opportunity. “Nobody is doing the non-Ellen portion of ‘Oprah,’ and that’s an interesting place to be,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. His company’s “Ellen” focuses on lighter material, while Cooper’s show is likely to have a broader focus–possibly along the lines of “Oprah.”

“His ability to emote and connect to people is what we’re going to tap in to,” said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of Telepictures, the first-run production division of Warner Bros. TV Group. “He has a lot of dimension to him.”

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